Exploits Valley Animal Hospital


Exploits Valley Animal Hospital 
Euthanasia

Euthanasia is defined as "The act or practice of ending the life of an individual". As loving pet owners it is most definitely the hardest decision we can be faced with. Because you and your family know your pet better than anyone, you alone will have to decide when the time is right for euthanasia.

Once you have made your decision to euthanize your pet, our clinic will accomodate your needs and wishes as best we can. It is your choice if you would like to be present in the room while the euthanasia is performed. Some people prefer to stay with and hold their pet until the very end, while others find it too painful to watch, or would rather keep their memories of better, happier days with their pet. If you do decide to stay with your pet, the veterinarian will discuss the process with you and prepare you for what will happen, and what can be expected.

Once your pet has been euthanized, another decision to make is your preferred method of care of his/her remains. You will have the option to bring your pet home for burial, or cremation, with or without the ashes being returned to you.

Grieving the loss of your pet is a natural, necessary response and is often different for each individual. Grief can be experienced and displayed in many different ways, including crying, depression, guilt, anger, anxiety, lonlieness, and even dreams or hallucinations of your pet. There is no specific characteristic to grief and it can last anywhere from several weeks, to several months. Understanding the grieving process can help normalize your feelings of loss.

Friends, family, and your vet clinic staff can be a support group for you during your time of sadness and loss, and many pet support loss groups are available to help you work through the pain.